Renowned Egyptian comedian Hassan Hosny dies aged 88

The veteran actor died from a heart attack aged 88. (Instagram)
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Updated 30 May 2020

Renowned Egyptian comedian Hassan Hosny dies aged 88

DUBAI: Renowned Egyptian comedian Hassan Hosny has reportedly died at the age of 88 in Cairo in the early hours of Saturday, according to Actor Azouz Adel, who is a member of the board of directors of Egypt's Representative Professions Syndicate.  The comedian died from a heart attack. 

“To God we belong and to him we shall return. May God have mercy on his family,” wrote Egyptian actress Amy Samir Ghanem on Instagram, paying tribute to one of the Arab world’s leading stars. 

Hosny had more than 50 years’ experience in theatre and film making people laugh all over the world. Born in Cairo in 1931, the actor first discovered his talent when he was in school. He would go on to star in countless films, including 1996's “Nasser 56,”  and 2000's “El Nazer.” 

Egyptian actor Hassan El-Raddad took to  Instagram to honor the late veteran actor, writing “Goodbye professor and a great artist. May Allah bless him with his mercy and may he enter heaven with the holy.” 


Billie Eilish’s parents considered sending her to therapy for her Justin Bieber obsession

Updated 08 July 2020

Billie Eilish’s parents considered sending her to therapy for her Justin Bieber obsession

DUBAI: Most teenagers were obsessed with Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber when he first rose to fame. 

But teen singing sensation Billie Eilish’s infatuation was on another level.

During her Apple Music podcast “me & dad radio,” the 18-year-old’s mother, Maggie Baird, revealed that she and husband Patrick were once concerned about their daughter’s all-consuming love of the star, and especially his 2012 song “As Long As You Love Me.” 

“I just want to say, we did consider taking you to therapy because you were in so much pain over Justin Bieber,” the mother told the now Grammy-award winning singer.  

This shocked even Eilish, who replied: “You did?! Oh that’s embarrassing.”

“Driving to the dance studio with Billie, playing this song, sobbing and then driving back and sobbing,” the mother recalled.